Naidu slams CM for telling ‘lies’ on hooch deaths

-TDP chief calls on Jangareddygudem victim families
-Affected women will remove Jagan’s CM chair
-CM using ‘one chance’ to tear ‘mangala sutras’

AMARAVATI: TDP National President and former Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Monday slammed Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy for misusing his one chance to ‘tear mangala sutras’ of poor women in the State.Naidu asserted that it was only after Jagan Reddy brought in abnormally priced cheap liquor brands that lots of poor men were falling victim to illicit liquor.

The TDP chief visited Jangareddygudem in West Godavari and called on the families whose breadwinners died due to consumption of adulterated liquor. The affected families narrated to Naidu how their family heads had fallen fatally ill only after illicit liquor started flowing all over in their area ever since the YCP came to power.

Addressing a meeting held on the occasion, Chandrababu Naidu said Jagan Mohan Reddy should bear responsibility for all the 26 hooch deaths that took place in Jangareddygudem. An ex gratia of Rs. 1 Cr was paid to victims’ families after the LG Polymers gas leak in Visakhapatnam. Similarly, Rs 1 Cr compensation should be paid to each of the bereaved families in Jangareddygudem also.

Naidu strongly criticised that in his usual style, Jagan Reddy began telling lies even regarding the deaths of illicit liquor victims. In a shameless manner, the YCP was portraying these deaths as natural deaths. Once again, the CM exposed his lack of respect for human lives.

The TDP chief warned of a serious revolt from all women in the State if the YCP regime went on playing games with their lives. Amaravati women farmers fought bravely for over 810 days against the illegal Capital shifting. Vivekananda Reddy’s daughter Sunitha Reddy has been courageously fighting against the killers of her own father. The families of illicit liquor victims would also join the great struggle against the ruthless regime.

Chandrababu Naidu said the local YCP leaders made midnight visits to the victims’ families and threatened them if they attended his meeting in Jangareddygudem. Even then, the women bravely came forward and shared their suffering. All these women asked was that the other women should not suffer a similar fate. That could be assured only when adulterate liquor would be stopped.

Naidu asked whether the police were afraid to confront the illicit liquor mafia just because the ruling YSRCP leaders were involved in this. The TDP would take serious action against such police officers and also against the Government doctors who were giving false reports on the cause of death to liquor victims’ families. A tribunal would be formed and it would be given powers to even send erring officers to jail.

The TDP chief told CM Jagan Reddy that no woman would be afraid of his Government’s threats to cancel pensions, ration and other such benefits if they raised their voice against any problem. The Chief Minister should realise that these women would be the ones who would stand in the front rows to remove his ‘CM chair’ at the earliest given opportunity.
Naidu called the deaths ‘Government murders’ and demanded Rs. 1 Cr ex gratia to each bereaved family. Jagan lured the votes of sisters and mothers in 2019 and cheated them blatantly after winning the elections.

Chandrababu Naidu strongly criticised CM Jagan for his double standards on the issue of implementing prohibition. The CM promised phased prohibition at the time of elections but after coming to power, he started promoting liquor sales. The YCP U-turn to take commercial advantage out of the excise policy was highly condemnable.

The TDP chief said the ruling YSRCP was taking a heavy toll on the lives of innocent people by not checking the flow of harmful liquor. The ruling party leaders were involved in making and selling this cheap liquor to earn illegal money. The Government itself was selling fatal liquor brands in its shops. There was nobody to prevent the illegal activities of the YCP leaders and activists in rural areas.

Naidu said CM Jagan Mohan Reddy’s greed for commissions was the reason for these harmful liquor brands. This was why the Chief Minister could not implement the phased prohibition even in the third year of his regime. Many families were losing their bread winners. Jagan Reddy’s non-stop betrayals were causing untold suffering and pain to all sections of the people.